Review and Swatches: NARS Phoebe Dual Intensity Eyeshadow

nars phoebe (3)I had seen the NARS Dual Intensity Eyeshadows being favorably reviewed in various blogs but it was not until I saw Phoebe on Jaa’s Blog that I really paid attention. A word of warning before you click over that way: Jaa has got the best pictures of makeup on the blogosphere. Whatever craving you already have, will be magnified.

nars phoebe (2)Anyway, I didn’t think there’s anything else I can add to the already stellar review of this particular eyeshadow online, but it’s just such a FIND that I can’t let it go unmentioned. Saying that Phoebe is a purple, misses the complex shifting it does with various applications: brown, reddish brown, purple, plum, bright purple.

In the picture below, I only have Phobe over primer (a MAC beige paintpot whose name escapes me at the moment), applied all over the lid and buffed towards the crease, wet application of Phoebe along the upper lash line, and buffed as liner on the lower lash line. It can be an everyday work color, yet you can push it to a glam slam (like Jaa did). The lasting power is very good with primer, and obviously it’s a great friend to travel with. It’s been a long time since I’m completely wowed by makeup, and if the rest of the Dual Intensity Eyeshadows are like this, good job NARS!

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Review and Swatches: Nars Rotonde Blush

nars rotonde6Remember Nars Rotonde from the Pierre Hardy collection a couple of years ago? I was really lusting after it and its sister Boys don’t Cry. But alas, priced at $41 big ones, plus shipping and other fees, it was too much for my budget. One day a couple months ago, I saw Rotonde on Ebay aka my wonderful enabler, for about $35 including shipping. I did not think twice, and now it’s here rounding up my small, but beloved, Nars family.

Rotonde unblemished, with its full on zig zag pattern, is beyoootiful. I’ve managed to use just one side of the blush to retain the gold pattern on half of the palette. On me, Rotonde is a bronze-y orange; it is not the most pretty-fying blush in my arsenal, but the lasting power, blendability and general awesomeness, makes it a loved piece these recent weeks. It’s a great, neutral color paired with bright lipstick or dark smokey eyes.

I’m still keeping my eye out for a reasonably-priced Boys don’t Cry. Fingers crossed!

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United at Last: Nars Hanamichi Palette

Nars Hanamichi Palette
Nars Hanamichi Palette

When the NARS Hanamichi palette came out for holiday 2011, I really wanted it, but was not willing to shell out $65 (!). I drooled over the swatches online, which mostly weren’t very good – a good thing as it kept me from splurging and clicking. Except for this one of course: absolutely phenomenal swatches that almost, almost brought me to the brink.

Flash forward a few years, and one day I saw that Asos had the palette at a much reduced price. That prompted a quickening of pulse and a quick search throughout Ebay — perhaps, just perhaps, this was not such a popular palette and now available at reduced prices. A few weeks later, and about $30 poorer, and voila! It is here, mine all mine, as beautiful as I thought it would be. To boot, all the colors work for me except for the white (too frosty). Love the red most as it makes for a most excellent blush.

NARS Hanamichi Palette
NARS Hanamichi Palette

I could see surviving  only on this palette on business trips.

So, if you wanted this a few years ago but weren’t willing to shell out the moolah, this is your chance. Go for it!

NARS Hanamichi Palette

NARS Hanamichi Palette
NARS Hanamichi Palette

 

You can see the gold is already well-loved...
You can see the gold is already well-loved…
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Hanamichi palette gold and black on lids and waterlines; white under the brows; red on cheeks.

The One that Almost Got Away: Nars Coeur Battant

Nars Coeur Battant
Nars Coeur Battant

There’s no fate like makeup fate. I had ordered Nars Coeur Battant when it came out last year, but long story short, a few months later I found out the order did not go through. By that time, it was too late to get it at a normal price — some websites were offering it at mark-ups and I just couldn’t justify the spending. Lo and behold, a few weeks ago a barely-used one turned up in a local makeup forum, and voila! My precioussh is here….

Coeur Battant is a standout amongst the Nars blushes I own (Exhibit A, Taj Mahal, Cactus Flower, all legendary cheek adornments) and have tried (a few others). It is true to color (a bright magenta), hella pigmented, long lasting, matte and overall just pretty-fying. The swatches below were taken in the morning (with Milani Bella Rosa, which arrived around the same time — reviews to follow). I also could not resist putting on a swipe on my bare-just-jumped-outta-bed face.

Nars Coeur Battant (left) and Milani Bella Rosa

Nars Coeur Battant on bare face
Nars Coeur Battant on bare face

I later cleaned the bright swatches with the almighty Muji cleansing oil. It was hours later, during lunch, that I saw a pink blob still remained on my arm. Initially I wasn’t sure which was the culprit, but upon comparison with the morning photos, it’s Coeur Battant! It’s a persistent one, this, just like moi. Francois should really make this one permanent.

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